Add Christian Garin to the growing list of young stars. Just 22, Garin became the first Chilean in 10 years to capture an ATP title after beating Casper Ruud 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 to win the clay title in Houston on Sunday.
“It was a really intense match today. I think what I did well was to keep playing my game throughout the match,” said Garin who is the first Chilean to win a title since Fernando Gonzalez at 2009 Vina Del Mar.. “Of course, now I want more, so I have to keep working hard and improving every day.”
Garin had to save five match points in the second round against Jeremy Chardy beat Sam Querrey in the semifinals on Saturday. He is projected to break the Top 50 on the tour on Monday. He has won nine of his last 10 matches on tour including a semifinal win in February also over Ruud.
The 20-year-old Ruud, son of former Tour player Christian Ruud, was appearing in his first ATP final. He held three break chances in the fifth game in the third but was unable to convert, and then was proceeded to get broken in the next game.
“I felt I played a good match, but he was a bit better in the end and deserved the win,” said Ruud. “It’s still a good confidence for myself to show that I can play at this level.”
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